Store raw turkey in its original, unopened wrapper at 40°F or below. For optimum quality, cook fresh whole turkey within 3-4 days of purchase. Immediate freezing is recommended for longer storage (up to 12 months).
Cook thawed turkey immediately.
Here are some other important safety tips:
|TURKEY WEIGHT (lbs.)||IN THE 'FRIDGE||COLD WATER*|
|8-12 lbs.||1-2 days||4-6 hours|
|12-16 lbs.||2-3 days||6-9 hours|
|16-20 lbs.||3-4 days||9-11 hours|
|20-24 lbs.||4-5 days||11-12 hours|
|* Change water every 30 minutes.|
For microwave thawing, be sure to check your microwave manufacturer's instructions for defrosting turkey. Remove turkey from the original package, and place on a microwave safe dish to thaw.